FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 8, 2012
Gordy Honors College Forum Series welcomes Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré to Columbus
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- The Gordy Honors College at Mississippi University for Women is proud to host Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré as part of its Forum Speakers Series on Thursday, Feb. 16.
The general will speak on the topic “The New Normal: Leadership and Preparedness in the 21st Century.” The presentation begins at 6 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium in Parkinson Hall. Following the talk Honoré will be available to sign copies of his new book, which will also be for sale.
The presentation is free and open to the public. Seating for groups is available by contacting the Dr. Thomas G. Velek at email@example.com. The visit is supported by Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle.
Honoré earned national acclaim as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina in 2005. In storm-ravaged New Orleans he brought hope to those who had none, and order to chaos. The general was lauded as "the John Wayne dude” by former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin for his competence and clarity during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Today, he is CNN's primary contributor on global preparedness.
Prior to his command of Joint Task Force-Katrina Gen. Honoré served in a variety of command and staff positions which focused on Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Homeland Defense. As vice director for operations, J-3, The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C., and, as the commander, Standing Joint Force Headquarters-Homeland Security, United States Northern Command, General Honoré’s focus was Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Homeland Defense. For four of the past six hurricane seasons, he supported the Department of Defense planning and response for Hurricanes Floyd in 1999; Lilli and Isidore in 2002 (both hit the Gulf Coast); Isabel in 2003; and Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne in 2004. Gen. Honoré also planned and supported the United States military response to the devastating flooding which swept Venezuela in 1999 and Mozambique in 2000. As vice director for operations, he led the Defense Department’s planning and preparation for the anticipated Y2K Millennium anomaly. As commander of SJFHQ-HLS under NORTHCOM direction, he planned and oversaw the military response to the Space Shuttle Columbia Tragedy and the DC Sniper shootings. Additionally, Gen. Honoré participated in three TOPOFF (Top Officials) exercises as well as the United Endeavor series of Homeland Defense exercises.
Among his assignments are Commanding General, First Army; Commanding General, SJFHQ-HLS, U.S. Northern Command; Commanding General, 2nd Infantry Division, Korea; Deputy Commanding General/Assistant Commandant, United States Army Infantry Center and School, Fort Benning, Ga.; and the Assistant Division Commander, Maneuver/Support, 1st Calvary Division, Fort Hood, Texas. He has also served as the Brigade Commander, 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Senior Mechanized Observer/Controller, “Scorpion 07,” National Training Center (25 rotations); and Commander, 4th Battalion, 16th Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Germany.
Gen. Honoré’s awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster), the Distinguished Service Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster), the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (four Oak Leaf Clusters), the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (two Bronze Service Stars), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (one Bronze Service Star) the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (4), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi), the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award. Qualification badges include the Expert Infantry Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Joint Staff Identification Badge.
Gen. Honoré retired on Feb. 29, 2008, following 37 years of active service with the United States Army. He continues to speak and consult nationally on Building a Culture of Preparedness.